Trifles Analysis Essay

1278 Words Mar 26th, 2013 6 Pages
The use of dramatic technique is always a great tool to master when explaining important details in a work of literature. Author Susan Glaspell is no exception to this rule. She uses her own dramatic technique in order to discuss the politics of gender, the unnoticed and repressed value of the role of women, the social and gender conventions in a male dominant society, freedom of speech, and the belief in woman's rights. The technique she uses is the impact of being invisible. The use of one invisible character serves well to this purpose in one of Glaspell's plays, Trifles. The invisible heroine controls the action and raises several important issues along the way. It forces the readers to be engaged more actively and to consider all the …show more content…
It is by her invisibility in the play that the women notice all the “trifles” and that the men at the end of the play know no more than at the beginning.
How does the audience know so much about Mrs. Wright even though she is not present in the play? Her personal items help us reflect on her life as well as reflect on the circumstances that led her to kill her husband. Interpreting all the clues that Minnie Foster left around the house, the women come to the conclusion that her marriage deprived her of happiness, liveliness and joy, and eventually transformed her into a different woman. The audience also comes to a conclusion that Minnie was not alone, that there were many women who were dealing with the same problems, alone. The two women in the play realize that they also share Minnie’s destiny. Consequently, the women are faced with a moral dilemma in having to make a decision whether to reveal what they had found out and send Mrs. Wright to prison. This is where the idea of the sisterhood comes to life as the two characters purposely hide the evidence of the dead canary. Minnie's bird and the empty cage help the audience realize that she was leading a life in captivity. The importance of the bird involves raises several issues. For starters, it is a clue to solving the murder, because the strangled bird provided a motive for it. Mrs. Hale concludes

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